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James Hazen Hyde Medal (design for reverse)

1948 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 lead 4 1/4 in. (10.9 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.127 Not currently on view


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James Hazen Hyde (1876-1959) helped to found the Federation of Alliances Françaises in the United States in 1902. The different chapters of this organization collaborated with the Alliance Française (established in Paris in 1883) to promote French language, literature, and culture in American communities. In Paul Manship’s design for the reverse of the medal, the heads of women representing Africa, Asia, and North America symbolize France’s colonial territories from the eighteenth century to the period just after World War II. The irregular edges of this piece mark it as a “splasher,” in which the molten metal was stamped with the die to gauge the sharpness of Manship’s design.

Keywords

Allegory - place

Ethnic - African

Ethnic - Greek

Ethnic - Indian

Ethnic - Oriental

Figure group

sculpture - medal

metal - lead

relief

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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